Sharing the love for simple home baking

Welcome to Rise and Shine

My name is Agnieszka and I offer bespoke baking classes for all levels, from the complete beginner to those looking for more baking inspiration.

I love to bake, and I love to share that passion with others. It all started for me back in 2002 soon after I opened my own playgroup in North West London and was encouraged by one mum to start baking classes. The classes were hugely popular with both children and parents and over time I have developed a repertoire of simple, delicious recipes.

I now run classes in the community and focus on the wellbeing benefits of baking and the shared process of baking together.

If you would like to join a class, please get in touch

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To me, baking has always been about bringing people together, be it family, friends or someone you just met at one of my classes. I noticed early on in my career that both adults and children would leave my classes smiling, feeling lighter and happier. It is a pleasure to watch my bakers, regardless of their age, being completely in the moment.

Baking and cooking have helped me through difficult times in my life, giving me an outlet for stress and worry and the time and space to think and contemplate. The therapeutic value of baking has been well researched in recent years and it is now well accepted that focusing on such a task can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. In other words, baking is really all about wellbeing.

About me

I have been cooking and baking since I was a little girl. Family life revolved around the kitchen and I have been interested in how my food was made ever since I can remember.

I have my mum to thank for fostering my love of cooking and baking from a young age. Her patience and understanding of how important it was for me to be involved in something that I enjoyed so much are two of the most precious gifts she gave me.

Those gifts paid off years later when I moved to the UK and decided to give teaching baking a go. 19 years, one global pandemic and one online cookie shop later I continue teachng in North West London and love every minute of it. 

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What we bake

I teach sweet and savoury recipes which I have tried, tested and simplified over the past 19 years. They are all very easy to follow and can be repeated in your own kitchen using widely available, affordable ingredients. I am very keen on using local, seasonal produce when possible. Supporting local businesses as well as caring about the environment have always been close to my heart and are becoming increasingly important to us all.

No sophisticated, expensive baking equipment is necessary; a mixing bowl, a spoon, a set of kitchen scales and a baking tray are usually enough!

Some of the recipes I teach include: chocolate chip cookies, shortbread, scones, yummy jammies, coconut crunchies, cheese straws, pizza, sweet potato muffins, gluten-free chocolate cake, and vegan biscuits. I constantly try out new recipes with my classes and enjoy the constructive feedback from my bakers!

Sharing the love for simple home baking

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I aim to create a warm and intimate atmosphere in my classes, where everyone feels welcome and encouraged to give everything a try. No previous baking experience is required; novices are welcome as well as those looking to expand their baking repertoire.

Please let me know if you have any food allergies, intolerances or dietary requirements. Many allergens can be avoided or substituted and my priority is to give you the best and safest experience.

I teach one-to-one or in small groups, in clients’ houses in London and in local community venues and cafes. For more details, please see below.

Supporting Local Community

As my continuous work with charities is very important to me, I donate £1 from each order to a local charity. My chosen charity until the end of 2023 is Cricklewood Library.

 Read more about London charities I have been supporting.  

Home Bake Shop

Welcome to Rise and Shine home bake shop in Cricklewood, North West London. I sell delicious homemade biscuits which I hope you will love. All my biscuits are handmade using natural wholesome ingredients such as organic flour, free-range eggs, butter, finest Belgian 33%-70% cocoa solids chocolate, palm oil free peanut butter. No junk or cutting corners. The biscuits are baked and ready for collection super fresh on the same day.

Read a full story of my Home Bake Shop in London.

If you are you interested in selling fresh artisan biscuits in your café or restaurant, you have come to the right place! Are you planning an event, a party or an office meeting and would like a delicious homemade treat to go with your tea and coffee? Get in touch for a wholesale price list, I would be delighted to discuss your requirements. Flavours include: best- seller chocolate chip cookie, flourless almond cloud, vegan coconut and raspberry, sweet and salty wonky peanut. Prices start from £0.80 per biscuit, minimum order £50. As of July 2023 I no longer cater to individual orders, Rise and Shine home bakery is solely a wholesale business.   

Visit my Home Bake Shop.



20 July 2023

Change Is Good

Hello Lovelies, summer holidays are here and in my book it’s time to look back and take stock. It’ s been ages since I posted here and there are reasons for it. Reason one, as lame and unoriginal as it may sound, is lack of time. Since January I’ve been working part-time on top of running my baking classes and baking for my home bake shop. As it’s also teaching, […]
12 November 2022

Chocolate Tea Loaf

Hi Bakers, I hope you’re all well and never too far away from your ovens. It’s been a while since I posted my last recipe. If you’re following Rise and Shine Baking on social media, you might have seen that I’ve been very busy re-starting some of my face-to-face baking classes, which I had to cancel due to the pandemic. While I’m doing my best to re-launch more regular classes […]
15 August 2022

Blueberry Lemon Tartlets

Hello Bakers, This recipe is my definition of a summer desert made in heaven: melt-in-the-mouth shortcrust pastry cases filled with delicious pastry cream paired up with lemon curd and sweet blueberries. For the ultimately flaky pastry, use cold butter, don’t overwork the dough (be gentle with it, it deserves a bit of TLC) and chill it for a couple of hours. No shortcuts here! Ideally, don’t attempt it on one […]
24 March 2022

It’s About Time

Hello, Yes, I know, it’s been a while… My last blog post, I’m embarrassed to admit, was before Christmas. Three months flew by and before I knew it spring had sprung and London skies had blessed us with a long-awaited sunshine. Today, as a reward after a day of baking I decided to have a cuppa in our garden rather than the kitchen. I grabbed the last remaining biscuit, sat […]

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Bespoke baking classes in London for all levels focusing on the wellbeing benefits of baking as a group activity. Run in community venues as well as in clients' homes.

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